Evolving Amidst Misfortune: Finding the Right Time to Adopt EAM

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Unravel the history of the Internet of Things (IoT) and you’ll discover that many solutions provide value only when something goes wrong. The IoT, for example, can alert transit agencies to speeding vehicles or parts that need replaced. Coincidentally (or perhaps causal), it is operational pain, not excellence, that oftentimes acts as a trigger for IoT implementations. That’s a sobering reality for a nation still trying to grasp “unequivocal” evidence of climate change.

Faced with continuous pressure on safety, maintenance budgets, and transportation infrastructures, the Department of Transportation (DOT) established new guidelines for transit agencies that receive Chapter 53 funds. Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a transit asset management (TAM) plan must be put in place for maintaining assets within a transit network by October 20, 2018. Because like owning a personal vehicle, preventative care extends the lifecycle of your asset, and over the long-run is less costly than repairs.

So what’s the right time to implement enterprise asset management (EAM)? Apparently when the federal government issues a mandate that requires transit asset management. The FAST Act is driving EAM adoption in mass transit. At the federal level, the DOT is faced with improving safety, surface infrastructure and public transportation reliability.

ThingTech’s EAM solution solves these transit asset management challenges

ThingTech’s EAM solution solves these transit asset management challenges

As a result, state and local government was pushed towards digital transformation. Meeting TAM rule compliance is critical, but a need also existed for increased asset utilization and optimizing parts/equipment ordering to reduce the costly expense of last minute shipping and repairs. For workers who perform asset management and maintenance, EAM makes their jobs easier by automating maintenance record-keeping for your fleet, facilities, equipment and infrastructure.

IoT solutions such as EAM make it possible to meet TAM plan requirements with real-time visibility and workflow automation. But the IoT can do so much more than build efficiency into the structure of transit maintenance programs. That’s why more agencies pursing greater value in asset management choose our ThingX™ Platform.

Moving away from manual processes will lead to proactive, preventative maintenance for assets that are valuable and mission critical. The untapped value of EAM, however, involves using APIs to enable IoT ecosystems, which pool data and provide a holistic view of operations.

Imagine, for example, combining data points across maintenance, fleet tracking, engine diagnostics, driving behavior, route dispatch, inventory, work order management, and weather conditions. Now, let’s hand over this information to a machine with artificial intelligence, which can monitor, store, analyze, and learn from the data, quickly predicting asset performance across a spectrum of success and potential failure. Can see the value of EAM powered by IoT platform services?

The challenges of public transportation demand real-time insight that can be transformed into useful data that maintenance teams can act on. The TAM rule demonstrates America’s commitment to better, safer roads. Empowering transit agencies with proactive, intelligent, scalable technologies will provide them better access to information. And almost immediately, these deployments will yield improved responsiveness to emergencies and safety risk mitigation.

ThingTech is helping transit agencies turn TAM compliance into opportunities to achieve digital transformation across state and local government. Even better, transit agencies that adopt EAM technologies will make a positive impact on the environment and smart city projects. Changing the future happens today. Contact us anytime to discuss your enterprise asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

ThingTech Excites Venture Atlanta with Startup Agility and Enterprise Ability

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Imagine a conference hall filled with nearly one thousand tech innovators, entrepreneurs, key executives, venture capitalists—and Shark Tank Star/Keynote Speaker, Mark Cuban. The atmosphere was electrified; there’s a rumor that no iPhone lost battery power during the event. As one of 35 founders selected to present at the 10th annual Venture Atlanta conference, Tim Quinn, CEO ThingTech, delivered a 5-minute pitch to a captive audience of potential investors, partners, and B2B customers.

Tim’s presentation focused on the value of digital transformation. It’s only taken a few short years for ThingTech to achieve 25+ customers and $1.6M in annual recurring revenue. That’s because the shift towards data-driven decision making, using the Internet of Things (IoT), has enabled organizations to quickly achieve operational excellence. “We were very proud to be able to share how organizations partnering with ThingTech are able to achieve fast ROI through the reduction of costs and growth of additional revenue streams, often within the first few months,” said Tim.  “We help these organizations better understand how their assets are being utilized, maintained, and provide deep predictive analytics to help streamline operations, plan for the future, and leverage the IoT to provide real-time actionable data.”

When you partner with ThingTech, we take you deep inside the world of IoT, leading you on a journey where it’s possible to achieve cost savings and/or generate new revenue streams in a matter of months.

The IoT is an exciting space for us because of the value and business intelligence organizations gain by leveraging real-time data, cloud-based services, mobile applications and workflow automation. ThingTech can remove the complexity out of IoT implementations by combining startup agility and enterprise ability. Our solutions are designed to scale, stand up quickly, and deploy with a flexible range of customizations. Contact us anytime to discuss your asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

ThingTech Brings Operational Excellence to Transit Agencies During 2017 APTA Expo

Photo: Dan Hawkins, pictured above, speaks with 2017 APTA Expo attendees

Photo: Dan Hawkins, pictured above, speaks with 2017 APTA Expo attendees

APTA’s annual expo brought together an impressive collection of American and international exhibitors this year. All the largest and most innovative mass transit service providers fit into Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center during October 9-11, 2017. We had the pleasure of meeting so many interesting exhibitors and government employees that work for/with mass transit authorities. And while the event is over, our team is still discussing the experience, and all that we accomplished during our successful show at the expo.

Opening remarks by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and others were inspiring. You can’t image the excitement we felt hearing about how our hometown, Atlanta, is leading the nation’s efforts towards transformational change with projects such as the proposed expansion of MARTA and Atlanta Streetcar. ThingTech was founded with the purpose of providing game-changing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions to transit agencies with assets of all classes. With our combined years of experience, no other company is better positioned to deliver a transit asset management (TAM) that removes the pain of manually managing assets and meeting compliance with federal regulations.

In the New Era of FAST ( Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act), ThingTech has helped government entities like the City of Burleson, TX and State of Delaware implement real-time solutions powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). We’ve helped many transit authorities reach new levels of operational excellence with our TAM solution. This cloud-based service consolidates all data about your assets – vehicles, equipment, facilities, and infrastructure – into an easy-to-use, web-based solution that is accessible from anywhere and easy to stand up in a few short weeks. We’re enabling transit agencies to simplify compliance with the FTA’s Final Rule on Transit Asset Management, and by leveraging the IoT, providing the capability to better manage their “things”, automate and streamline maintenance schedules, and keep assets in a state of good repair (SGR).

Contact us anytime to discuss your transit asset management needs, or to schedule a free demo.

How ThingTech's Core Values Drive Profitability and Environmental Sustainability

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Environmental sustainability is engineered into ThingTech’s DNA, beginning with our core values. We value eco-friendly business practices because it’s the right thing to do. Our team shares a common concern for the world in which we live, and will leave behind to our children. So, we’ve taken purposeful steps towards building a profitable, green business that reflects our common ideals across brand standards, business solutions and workspace.

 

Sustainability isn’t a byproduct of our success, it’s by design. The IoT industry, in which we compete, is filled with nascent and recognized brands. Reflecting on our niche among this vast number of players, we recognized that it was important to stand out and up for something beyond profitability. So, we incorporated green into our logo, which symbolizes our commitment to making a positive impact on the environment.

 

The changing landscape of industries has profound implications on business problems, and the solutions we provide to solve them. For example, promotion of climate change issues, compliance to federal regulations (e.g. ELD Mandate), rising/fluctuating gas prices, and driver shortages in the trucking industry are pushing companies to explore the IoT. ThingTech has developed accurate and reliable solutions that effectively solve for each of these pain points, and more. Most importantly, our solutions produce measurable results in reducing inefficient routes, wasteful idling, carbon emissions, and fuel costs related to non-renewable energy.

 

We also signal our commitment to environment-friendly business practices in the workspace we occupy. ThingTech’s office is located at the Armour Yards, in the heart of Atlanta. Fifteen-foot high windows span the length of our northwest wall. White walls work to help this workspace fill with natural light during business hours, allowing us to reduce our energy costs. What’s more, we limit the use of paper (our office has only one printer) and we promote the use of ceramic coffee mugs and dishes in the breakroom.

 

ThingTech has built a profitable, eco-friendly business from the ground up, and will continue to invest in people, processes, and technologies that produce meaningful results for our company and environment.

ThingTech Selected to Present at Venture Atlanta 2017

Premier technology investment conference to showcase the Southeast’s most promising technology companies.

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ATLANTA – September 14, 2017 –  ThingTech announced today that it has been selected to present at Venture Atlanta 2017, the Southeast’s premier event for connecting technology innovation and investment capital. The 10th annual Venture Atlanta will be held October 11-12 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta and will feature close to 150 funds from across the country. With more than 900 investors, tech entrepreneurs and executives anticipated to be in attendance, this year’s Venture Atlanta is once again lining up to be a sold-out event.

Adding to the Venture Atlanta excitement are Mark Cuban, chairman and CEO of AXS TV and one of the “sharks” on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, and Ernie Garcia, CEO of Carvana, who will deliver keynote presentations.

“As long time members of the Atlanta technology community, we are honored to be a part of Venture Atlanta’s momentous 10th anniversary and sincerely look forward to the opportunity to showcase the amazing work our team has been producing. We fully anticipate the awareness, as well as opportunity to expand key contacts throughout the community will be a pivotal point for our organization,” said Tim Quinn, CEO of ThingTech.

ThingTech was chosen as one of 35 companies from a large pool of applicants that represent the region’s most innovative tech businesses. ThingTech helps businesses and unlock their full potential by providing a single platform from which customers can track and collect field data (people, devices, assets) and data from existing business systems (ERP, CRM), to generate insights that enable customers to take actions that will improve efficiency and propel growth to achieve operational excellence.

“Through the years, Venture Atlanta has earned a reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies while helping to launch over 380 companies and secure over $2 billion in funding,” said Allyson Eman, executive director of Venture Atlanta. “This year’s event marks our 10th anniversary and includes the strongest and largest roster yet of both early and venture-stage companies—showcasing the depth, breadth and opportunity within the region’s technology community.”

During the two-day event, presenting companies and conference attendees will engage with regional as well as national venture capitalists, investors and other key players in the current technology ecosystem. The conference results in funding, national investor exposure, invaluable relationship building and mentoring by successful technology executives. The conference will also, for the first time, include 16 Startup Showcase companies that will share their plans and vision for the future as “companies to watch.”

To learn more about ThingTech, visit www.thingtech.com. For additional information about Venture Atlanta, to register for the event or to view the conference schedule, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.

About Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta, Georgia's technology innovation event, is where the region’s most promising tech companies meet the country's top-tier investors. As the South's largest investor showcase helping launch more than 380 companies and raise over $2 billion in funding to date, Venture Atlanta connects local entrepreneurs with local and national venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others in the technology ecosystem who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. The annual nonprofit event is a collaboration of three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, visit www.ventureatlanta.org. For updates, join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter, and visit our blog

About ThingTech

ThingTech is a real-time IoT platform that generates actionable asset intelligence for optimized decision making. Specifically designed for asset-intensive organizations, ThingTech provides the where, when and how those assets are behaving on your desktop or in the palm of your hands.  By leveraging data such as real-time location, utilization, and diagnostics from assets and their mobile workforce, our customers can use predictive analytics to identify mission critical issues before they arise, react immediately, remediate problems, and ultimately provide better customer service.  The result is a documented tangible ROI via cost reductions and increased revenues, resulting in a profound effect on the top and bottom line.

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The State of Delaware Selects ThingTech to Implement Advanced Real Time Asset Tracking, Utilization and Diagnostics Solution to All State Vehicles

The State of Delaware Selects ThingTech to Implement Advanced Real Time Asset Tracking, Utilization and Diagnostics Solution to All State Vehicles

ThingTech will replace approximately 3,700 legacy GPS tracking devices with their ThingX™ platform to automate state utilization reporting requirements, integrate multiple enterprise applications, and monitor emission data to comply with Governor’s Executive Order.

One of Atlanta's 5 Startups to Watch in 2017

One of Atlanta's 5 Startups to Watch in 2017

ThingTech, an Atlanta based technology company has been named as one of Venture Atlanta’s “5 Startups to Watch in 2017.” This distinction has been bestowed for the past 5 years by Venture Atlanta to recognize local startups with strong potential to disrupt markets and accelerate growth; past recipients include Terminus, and Kabbage.

City of Burleson Selects ThingTech for Public Works Automation and Real Time Asset Management

City of Burleson Selects ThingTech for Public Works Automation and Real Time Asset Management

The ThingTech Smarter City Platform includes real time fleet and asset management,
telematics and diagnostics, GPS asset location, sensor integration, work order optimization,
automated maintenance, and fuel system integration to reduce costs, streamline operations, and
automate capital planning replacement and budgeting.

Ride Connection Selects ThingTech for Deviated Fixed Route Mobility Project

ThingTech announced today that it has been selected to deploy their suite of route optimization and dynamic fleet dispatching solutions to Ride Connection.  RouteIT and TracIT provide seamlessly integrated and dynamic route optimization and real-time fleet tracking to improve customer service and improve mobility options for Ride Connection customers.

Thingtech Achieves Logistics Tech Outlook’s Ranking for Top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers 2016

Thingtech Achieves Logistics Tech Outlook’s Ranking for Top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers 2016

FREMONT, CA—March 4, 2016- ThingTech, the most trusted provider of fleet and asset management software and services, joins an elite number of companies that have earned a spot on top 10 Fleet Management Solution Providers list of 2016 by Logistics Tech Outlook.  CLICK LINK ABOVE TO READ MORE!

Full article at http://www.logisticstechoutlook.com/vendor/article13/thingtech

ThingTech Awarded Fulton County Georgia Contract for Real Time Fleet and Asset Tracking and Telematics

Cloud based Enterprise Solution Will Provide Connected Asset Intelligence for Improved Customer Service and Reduced Operating Costs

ThingTech (www.thingtech.com) - an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has been awarded the contract to implement their real time fleet, asset, and equipment tracking and monitoring solutions.    Fulton County awarded the project to ThingTech after a rigorous and highly competitive request for proposal process.   Click to Read More...

Ride Connection Implements Thingtech for Transit Asset Management Solution

 Cloud based Solution Coordinates Assets Management and Maintenance across 30 Transportation Providers

thingtech (www.thingtech.com) an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has been selected to deploy maintainIT - an enterprise transit asset management solution - to Ride Connection, Inc. (Ride Connection), a leading provider and broker of demand response community transportation services in the Portland, OR metropolitan area. 

Ride Connection, like many community transportation providers, operates a large fleet across a wide geography. This, along with the company’s unique provider and broker model – where some vehicles are operated by providers; not Ride Connection directly – present large challenges for maintenance management, record keeping, and reporting requirements. 

Recognizing the challenge, Ride Connection turned to technology to assist.  After evaluating proposals, Ride Connection selected ThingTech for its innovative, cloud-based and wirelessly connected solution that connects providers via the cloud and can connect assets through real-time tracking for asset utilization, asset health status, and driver safety.

“We’re very excited to be working with ThingTech. Their enterprise transit asset management tools offered a combination of features that no one else could beat.  Community transportation challenges are unique relative to other industries and we were thrilled to find a vendor that provided robust fleet and asset management products, with the detailed features geared specifically for us and our industry.”  Says Elaine Wells, Executive Director of Ride Connection. 

“Ride Connection is an innovative leader in community transportation. The challenges they face are a perfect fit for our platform that provides Asset Intelligence through the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).  We’re honored that our solutions will help Ride Connection with their mission of delivering the gift of mobility to those in need.” says Brian Corcoran, President of ThingTech. 

About Ride Connection

Started in 1986, Ride Connection is a non-profit who pioneered a coordinated transportation delivery system composed of transportation partners.  Ride Connection and its service partners offer a variety of transportation services for medical needs, shopping, employment, school, supportive services, nutrition, volunteer work, and recreation throughout the Portland, OR Tri-County area. 

About ThingTech

ThingTech is located in Atlanta, GA with offices in Atlanta Tech Village.   Our bright and energetic staff of software developers, consultants, and customer success staff strive to build usable, practical, and innovative solutions to improve businesses in the public and private sector who own, operate, manage, and maintain fleets, heavy equipment, assets, and a mobile workforce.   ThingTech solutions combine Enterprise Asset Management, Field Service, Smarter Cities and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions into a single, cloud-based, connected platform for enterprise asset intelligence.  Our customers rely on our solutions to track and optimize the performance of their mission critical mobile assets and workforce to increase business performance and improve their customer’s experience. ThingTech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Fleet Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Interstate Trucking, Local Delivery, State and Local Government, and Public Transport. Solutions are real time providing actionable data through work flow automation and predictive analytics  

Contact Information Brian Corcoran

http://www.thingtech.com 678.463.9224

brian.corcoran@thingtech.com

sales@thingtech.com

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Foxx Announces $500 Million for 2016 TIGER Grants

Foxx Announces $500 Million for 2016 TIGER Grants

DOT will make available $500 million for the eighth set of TIGER grants since 2009, Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Feb. 23.

“Like the first seven rounds, 2016 TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region,” Foxx said. The program has provided almost $4.6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

DOT must receive TIGER grant applications by April 29. To learn more, click here.

In related news, Foxx testified on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 transportation budget at a Feb. 24 hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

He cited specifics of the budget including $98 billion in transportation investments for advances in safety, innovative technologies and repair and replacement of aging infrastructure and a 21st Century Clean Transportation Plan that includes several new grant programs, nearly $20 billion for public transit to address the needs of fast-growing communities, more than $6 billion a year for high-performance passenger rail and almost $4 billion over 10 years for research into integrating new transportation technologies.

Soldier On Selects Thingtech to Implement Real Time Enterprise Fleet and Asset Management Platform

TracIT™ Fleet and Mobile Asset Management Solution provides 360 degree view of fleet and mobile workforce

Thingtech – an Atlanta, GA based fleet and mobile asset tracking firm - has been selected by Soldier On to implement a real time GPS fleet and mobile asset management platform to improve fleet utilization, visibility, case worker productivity, and, ultimately, drive operational efficiencies.  The scalable and integrated platform streamlines processes, automates fleet maintenance workflows, and provides real time alerting and visibility into the Solider On mobile workforce and service delivery programs. 

The Tthingtech platform allows Soldier On to manage their fleet in real time and capture events associated with speeding, idling, geo-fence violations, erratic driving, and engine diagnostics.  More importantly the data is converted to actionable management data to assist staff in vehicle assignments, preventive maintenance, vehicle rotation, and overall fleet financial data management.  Fuel card and EZ Pass toll data is integrated for a holistic view into the total operating costs for the fleet.  “We are proud to work with Soldier On and help support their mission.  Our integrated enterprise fleet and asset management solution will help them provide more efficient services to our nations veterans and improve fleet management workflows and utilization.  Integration of fuel cards, toll devices, and financial data will provide a 360 degree view of their transportation and fleet program,” stated Tim Quinn, CEO of thingtech.

Soldier On is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness. They work in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies to provide veterans with shelter and support in an environment that offers dignity, integrity, and, most importantly, hope. Their mission is to offer a continuum of care that includes immediate and long-term housing with services delivered where they live. Soldier On’s ultimate goal is to provide formerly homeless veterans with permanent, supportive, sustainable housing – assisting them in their transition from homelessness to homeownership.

Soldier On has experienced substantial growth in their transportation and case management services.  They operate and manage a substantial fleet of vehicles, mobile assets, and mobile workforce.  As the size and complexity of their fleet continues to grow, Soldier On leadership recognized the need to implement a scalable enterprise fleet and asset management system to better manage their fleet costs and help minimize challenges that often come with growth.   Jack Downing, CEO of Soldier On, says “Our fleet has reached a size and budget where we cannot properly manage and maintain it without the scalable and flexible solutions that thingtech provides.  We are excited about the partnership we have developed and look forward to improving and extending our fleet management program so that we can better assist the veterans in our care and throughout the communities serve.”

About Thingtech, LLC

Thingtech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and  offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Vehicle Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Interstate Trucking, Local Delivery, State and Local Government, and Public Transport.

BRTA Awards Thingtech Enterprise Transit Asset Management Contract

Enterprise Cloud based Solution Will Provide Integrated Fleet and Asset Management Platform to Address State of Good Repair and MAP21 Requirements

October 13, 2014

Thingtech (www.thingtech.com) – an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has been awarded the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) transit asset management software contract to provide both asset management consulting services and an enterprise asset management (EAM) designed specifically for public transport systems. “We are very excited to partner with BRTA leadership, staff, and the community to help improve fleet and asset utilization and reduce costs. BRTA has proven to be a leader in adopting and deploying transit ITS systems that positively impact their ridership and community,” stated Tim Quinn, CEO of thingtech.

BRTA issued an RFP to procure services to design and implement an innovative Transit Asset Management (TAM) system with associated management consulting, data collection, system integration, and professional services. Due to the pending MAP 21 TAM requirements and specific reporting requirements, BRTA wanted to identify a qualified firm willing and capable of working closely with the BRTA Administrator, management, and third party service providers. Gary Shepherd, RTA Administrator, states “This is a strategic initiative for our system and will help us manage and maintain our fleet and assets more effectively. As federal funding becomes increassingly formula driven, we expect that performance-based and data-driven agencies will be more successful in obtaining funding that address the nations state of good repair (SOGR) challenges.

Key components of the system will include:

  • Transit Asset Management Plan Development
  • Asset Performance Measures and Goals
  • Fleet and Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment
  • Capital Planning and Budgeting Tools
  • Transit Asset Investment Priorities
  • Geo Spatial and Real Time Asset Location
  • TAM Federal Reporting Suite
  • Fully Integrated Enterprise Fleet and Asset Management System

As federal guidelines and rules for transit asset management become finalized, BRTA hopes to serve as a leader in TAM reporting and capital planning using systematic approaches to capital planning and replacement. BRTA is currently implementing a “one call one click” mobility management call center staffed 100% by veterans. This project will complement this initiative and extend one call one click to include state of good repair items. “We feel we have chosen a qualified and innovative technology partner that understands our vision, and will work closely with us as a vital partner” says Gary Shepherd.

About Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

The BRTA oversees and coordinates fixed-route and paratransit transportation services within the twenty-four member cities and towns of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. Fixed route bus service is provided in twelve communities and specialized transportation provided in eighteen communities. One of the eight original regional transit authorities (RTAs) created by state statute (MGL §161B) in 1974, currently fifteen RTAs are responsible for administering public transportation services throughout much of Massachusetts, outside of the Boston metropolitan area.

About Thingtech, LLC

Thingtech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Fleet Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Interstate Trucking, Local Delivery, State and Local Government, and Public Transport. Solutions are real time providing actionable data through work flow automation and predictive analytics.

Crawford County, GA Deploys Thingtech for Vehicle & Asset Tracking

Cloud based Solution Provides Real-Time Vehicle Location and Status with Integrated Work Management Features

October 24, 2014

Thingtech (www.thingtech.com)–an Atlanta, GA company announced today that it has deployed TracIT to Crawford County, GA for real-time vehicle and asset tracking. The solution utilizes devices installed in County vehicles to track the location and status of vehicles for real-time insight by management and to improve decision making regarding asset utilization and maintenance. “We are very excited to partner with Crawford County leadership and staff to help improve fleet and asset tracking and utilization. Pat and his staff do a tremendous job and we’re excited that our solution will play a role in streamlining service delivery for residents of Crawford County.” says Brian Corcoran, President of thingtech.

Crawford County replaced their existing GPS solution in favor of the thingtech Platform. Offering a unique GPS Vehicle Tracking, Telematics, and Work Order system in one, thingtech allows for customers to not only track vehicles, but to determine if the vehicle is where it should be based on the work it's scheduled to perform. The platform also provides an opportunity to streamline existing cost allocation processes to determine how much and where the County is spending money to maintain County property - all in one, single, integrated management system.

Real-time location data has become a necessary part of the toolkit to properly manage fleets, mobile workers, and budgets.  Often GPS solutions are stand-alone and require users to sift through data and make assumptions to properly manage fleets and field crews. However,the thingtech platform easily extends to manage custom data and to combine a location-based system with other business needs and processes, thereby providing additional value beyond standard GPS systems.

“thingtech understood that we didn’t just want a GPS system – it had to provide more value for us to make the switch. We now have better data, have reduced our costs, and will have full view of our operations and a sound system for making decisions.” says Pat Kelly, Crawford County Manager.

About Crawford County, GA

Crawford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia.  The County seat is Knoxville, GA and it is part of the Macon, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population is approximately 12,500 permanent residents. The County is responsible for Fire, Water, Grounds, Roads, and Fleet services in a 330 square mile territory.  All County services are administered out of Roberta, GA.

About Thingtech, LLC

Thingtech is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and offers Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for Enterprise Asset Management (manageIT), Fleet Tracking and Telematics (tracIT), and Schedule and Route Optimization (routeIT) for a variety of vertical markets including Construction, Interstate Trucking, Local Delivery, State and Local Government, and Public Transport.  Solutions are real time providing actionable data through work flow automation and predictive analytics.

3 Tips for Transit Asset Management Planning

Our solutions are built to support business plans and processes.  Without plans, our solution - or any software product - has no purpose / no direction and is basically worthless.  To provide structure to each Transit Asset Management deployment, we provide a suite of Planning Services designed to both meet MAP21 TAM requirements, and complete the Design / Configuration phase of our software deployment.

Of course, you don't necessarily need to purchase the Thingtech Transit Asset Management solution to benefit from our Asset Management Planning services (although we think you should!!)  To provide some context, here's a recorded webinar that discusses the TAM Planning Process:

What you see above is mostly general Asset Management Planning; however, be careful when developing your Transit Asset Management Plan and make sure you cover the following:

  1. Integrate Transit Service Planning:  How can you accurately forecast capital needs if you don't accurately forecast service demand...make sure you go with an expert who understands transit planning, operations, and (ideally) the business systems you use because data analysis will be needed.
  2. Consolidate Systems, Integrate Where Necessary:  Your TAM system will touch all aspects of your business.  For an enterprise deployment, integration will be needed; however, take stock of your systems that require an upgrade and consider consolidating into your preferred Asset Management solution provider.  As an example, does your maintenance system need an overhaul?  Consider consolidating Maintenance & Asset Mgt...
  3. Automate Data Collection Whenever Possible: Your TAM system fundamentally depends on great data collection.  (Insert "Garbage in, Garbage out" cliche here).  Any system you implement should be 100% web-based and fully accessible via any mobile device to facilitate data collection from any location - i.e. shop, wayside, or any facility you operate.  Make sure it's 100% web-based and fully accessible...not partially accessible, not "hey we have an app you can install, but only on certain devices".  No - 100% web based so your data collection efforts don't turn into an exercise in troubleshooting your software.
  4. Telematics is Automated Data Collection:  The title says 3, but here's a free one...Consider integrating real time Telematics to collect accurate mileage and vehicle health data. You're rolling stock is the most important asset you own...invest in it to improve utilization and reduce maintenance cost.